There is not much going on in the yard right now, the iris needed thinning so I yanked it all out last year and haven’t replanted yet.
Yesterday I trimmed the willow trees to actually look like trees instead of bushes, trimmed the spruce, got started on killing the grass that keeps cropping up.
I attended to the climbing rose and put a few tendrils better on the trellis, pulled a bunch of weeds, and removed the square foot gardening grids so I can work in those beds too.
Trimmed the Russian Sage, and re-potted all the tomato and tomatillo seedlings I started in February. I have a list a mile long on what needs to be done in both the front and back yards.
Well, I need to make the list on paper instead of in my head so I can prioritize, I am hosting a wine event in mid-June and I’d like the garden to look a smidge better than it does right now for sure.
Here is where we are so far, looks like it is going to be an expensive plant year! The Salvia is new and I need some on the west side of the retaining wall to balance it out a little better.
The window boxes have turned themselves into a snapdragon nursery bed, trying to figure out how I can cultivate those and still get the mats and plants replaced for new ones this year.
Yesterday was a pretty nice day here. I had some cleaning up and planting/moving chores to handle in the front bed. Our yard is participating in the neighborhood Halloween contest. The Husband is out of commission with a nasty back injury and the kids were entranced in they new toys they got at their combined Birthday Party Saturday. So I opened up the front door, turned up the itunes and got to work. The Home Office windows look out at the front yard and beds so I often get the front bed chores done with music blaring from the windows.
Last summer I planted some pretty annuals in my hanging baskets. Begonia with a dark leaf and a hot pink flower, A pink and green Coleus and some spiky little white plant/flower I can’t remember the name of. I’ve talked before about how you can sometimes get more for your plant $$ buck by allowing this years annuals to either make seed heads or simply stay in the ground and wait and see if they come back next year.
Plants I have that will make seeds I can use to get free plants next year:
Zinnia Snap Dragons Sunflowers Marigolds
Tomatoes ; I should cop to the fact that these are always accidental. As in the maters dropped and rotted and then I got new volunteer plants next year. But this happens every summer.
The best way to do this is to let nature take it’s course, leave enough heads on the plants to get seed and in late fall or very early spring rip off the seed heads and work them into your mulch and soil around where you want them. You can also get all control freak and collect the seed heads and store them in a paper sack in a cool dry place over the winter. Make sure they are very dry and in breathable sack or you could have a moldy mess on your hands next spring.
This year I got crazy and dried a bunch of pepper seeds from these awesome peppers we got from the local organic produce delivery place called Green B.E.A.N. We shall see how that goes next spring.
Now I did turn some small sunflower heads into the soil in the front bed, but I was there to plant mums, move mums, rip apart the baskets and plant the annuals in hopes of having them survive the winter. It is probably a bit late to be planting mums. I got great ones at Lowe’s for $4 each. When you plant them be sure to break up the bound roots with your hands or hand trowel. Also be sure to plant them deep enough and pack and mulch them well enough so they don’t heave out of the soil when we have our harsh winter. The spindly little mum is one from last fall that didn’t get much sunlight this year. He had to relocate to a sunnier part of the spotted front bed.
Re-potting the annuals from the baskets.
You don’t really need all that much root ball from the annuals in the baskets. I wanted all the Coleus because even if it does not make it over the winter I can and did plant it along the walk to assist with my design for our porch and yard. I also planted the two begonias, but i tossed the white spindly things. I have three of them in the front bed already and am out of room.
As with all transplants be sure to water well.
Still to do
I have one Hosta to rip out and relocate further back to allow more room for the Lilly of the Valley to spread. And one Football mum that needs a much sunnier home. He is kind of puny though so I may just have to mulch him really well and check on him in the spring.